This weekend I really got into the festive Christmas spirit, with hardly any expense spared! My friend and I went to Cambridge for the day and as the day got later, and darker, the Christmas lights were out in every corner and it was truly stunning.
We started the day with a bite to eat at Revolution (opposite John Lewis) as our usual choice of a Nandos was completely full. However, this was a blessing in disguise; we both ordered a sharing platter which was truly delicious and a cheap alternative as well! The atmosphere of the restaurant was phenomenal: everyone was getting into the festive mood and the room was filled with sparkling decorations.
After our bellies were full, we proceeded to the Grand Arcade shopping centre which was heaving with excited Christmas shoppers. Despite the rush and chaos I still found a chance to admire the centres lights and displays and capture some beautiful images too.
Outside, where it was starting to get exceptionally cold, markets were selling all things Christmas, from mince pies to Christmas trees: they had it all and not one person walked by without a smile on their face.
We then decided to head over to the ‘North Pole’ which, if you haven’t heard of it before, is based in Parker’s Piece park off of Regent’s Street in Cambridge and is a perfect substitute for those of you who can’t make it to Winter Wonderland this year. Entry is free so if you’re all shopped out for December you can do what we did and just have a look around and get a feel of the Christmas spirit. Alternatively, you can spend your money on the ice skating rink, rides, games and various food and drink stalls (which smelt incredible). There was definitely something for every one of all age groups to enjoy.
Before heading home, we made one last pit stop on our walk back to the station. This was a local church’s Christmas fare. The friendly helpers welcomed us inside where there were many stalls set up selling lots of Christmassy knick knacks, treats and decorations. Whether you were looking to buy something or just browsing, it was just as enjoyable and a perfect end to an extremely festive day.